Going to college soon? If you like medical marijuana you may want to enroll at the University of Mississippi. Why, because that’s where the government actually grows cannabis for research. Now, we’re not saying that the people who run that marijuana lab are going to smile at you when you arrive and give you your own key to the building. All we’re saying is that the government, yes, our federal government really grows pot and they do it on a prestigious college campus in Mississippi.
The Marijuana Research Project, conducted by the United States government is not a rinky-dink operation. If it was in a very large warehouse somewhere in a Phoenix suburb, run by civilians, the place would be instantly busted and the contents would be burned. And speaking of the contents there are fifty-pound barrels filled to the top with dried, high-grade smokable pot in Mississippi’s locked vaults. There are also thousands of baggies that are filled with more top of the line buds that are filed away in cardboard boxes. And don’t forget about the metal cylinders each filled with rolled joints – hundreds and hundreds of them.
So, what’s the deal with this research project and how do I get in there, you’re probably wondering. Everybody who loves medical marijuana is wondering the same thing once they find out about this beautifully kept 48 year-old secret. Back in 1968 the government began the marijuana research project and allowed the only legitimate cannabis grow in the states to be done under high security at the University of Mississippi. Since then, the researchers have grown thousands of plants and have sold some of its product to other researchers throughout the country. Off campus research labs can only obtain the U of M weed if they pass some very stringent security restrictions and get permission from the DEA (Drug Enforcement Administration) and NIDA (National Institute on Drug Abuse), which is apparently very difficult to get.
This year changed things a bit though. The DEA has given permission, or so it says, for other research facilities to grow pot in the United States. This takes away U of M’s almost 50-year monopoly and spreads it out a little more evenly. Once more states approve the legalization of medical and recreational marijuana, however, the DEA and the federal government will not have any other recourse but to allow even more research and perhaps they will even remove cannabis from the schedule 1 position on their dangerous drug list. It remains to be seen.